Chapter 1 is an introduction to A World of Art. This first chapter illustrates that all cultures produce art, and describes the similar roles that all artists have historically shared. A World of Art begins with a discussion of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Umbrellas, a fascinating and monumental work which serves to illustrate some of the differences and similarities between the United States and Japan.
After reading this chapter you should:
When we see a work of art it may not be immediately clear just what the artist is trying to communicate. Chapter 1 provides a solid foundation for understanding the roles that artists play universally, which will aid in your understanding of the works they create. Perhaps the most important thing to consider in this chapter is the value of forming your own opinions about artwhat you appreciate or admire, and why. This is the premise behind the last element in this chapter, and all chapters that followThe Critical Process. As you continue to progress through the following chapters you will begin to learn about the language of artthe terms and ideas that we use when talking about art and its meaning.